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Adventure Science Center

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Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203 (Formerly Cumberland Science Museum)
Phone Number:
+1 615-862-5160
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Explore 44,000 square feet of over 175 exciting hands-on science exhibits...

Explore 44,000 square feet of over 175 exciting hands-on science exhibits and activities revealing the wonders of biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, space, earth science, technology, and more.

Experience a state-of-the-art planetarium offering spectacular journeys to the stars, laser shows, and amazing full-dome films for children and adults.

Enjoy award-winning daily live science demos, labs, and science cafes presented by a talented staff of scientist educators.

Adventure Science Center is dedicated to creating learning experiences that open minds to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit center of science, learning, and exploration.

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Family with young kid and teen.

Both boys had a blast. The planetarium was awesome. There was exhibits that were fun and interesting for the whole family. We spent 3.5 hours and we still didn't see and do... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Dianna R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Both boys had a blast. The planetarium was awesome. There was exhibits that were fun and interesting for the whole family. We spent 3.5 hours and we still didn't see and do everything. Almost though. Would recommend for a family looking to spend an afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If your going with teenagers you won't stay too long since there's not much to do with teens. My daughter and I went and some parts were very informative and fun to mess around with but it's mostly for little kids to enjoy!

Thank itstewart
Greenbrier, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many exhibits, hands on fun and a planetarium. I like the planetarium myself but the kids love going around and pushing buttons, raising cars with a pulley and making things.

Thank melindaarthur2017
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great place for family and kids. So much to do and very interesting activities. We had a blast!

Thank lovetraveling8804
Huntsville, Alabama
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you don't have kids, this might not be fun. We came with no kids and it was certainly designed for kids. We were disappointed.

Thank Shannonkish
Gallatin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excelent place to take the kids. Even the ones that dont want to learn anything can still enjoy what the museum has to offer

Thank 310ran
Portage, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

My husband and I took our eight-year-old and five-year-old great-nephews to the Adventure Science Center in December 2016. Both boys loved the many hands-on educational activities there. The children's favorite was the space capsule simulator, which turns the kids upside-down, sideways, etc., like a roller-coaster. There is an extra charge for this simulator. At the Adventure Science Center, youngsters can... More 

2 Thank Janet H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Better suited for younger children but we enjoyed our visit. We were there for 5 hours. We watched two movies. Purchase tickets in advance.

1 Thank casualtraveler407
Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We had a really fun day at the Science Center with our 3, 4 and 5 year old grandsons. The activities were varied and numerous so all had a good time. It would be good to have them dressed in neon shirts, since a child can easily be lost in the shuffle at times. There are plenty of activities for... More 

1 Thank Carol S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Visited with 2 grandchildren ages 4 and 9. Both loved it! There were plenty of exhibits for each age and for both. Purchased tickets for planetarium show (additional cost) and enjoyed a cartoon presentation. Ate lunch at Subway cafe in Science Center and had a good meal at a reasonable price. Visited gift shop at end of day, small but... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee

I have a couple of questions about the blue max simulator. Is it just a flight simulator or can it be a roller coaster simulator? If it can be a roller coaster simulator, can the passengers program the roller coaster? When it is a flight simulator, what activities can people do on it? Is the flight simulator just a combat simulator or is it a simulator where you just get to fly a plane? How much does it cost for two people? How much does it cost for one person? How long does the simulator last for? Are the joysticks on both sides of the seats, or are they on one side? How comfortable is the seat that the passengers sit in? How comfortable is the over the shoulder harness that is used to secure the passengers? How tight can the over the shoulder harness be? Can the restraints be as tight as the passengers want it? When do you choose what mode you want the simulator to be in? How much will my body move while the simulator is in motion? Where should my arms and legs be while the staff is strapping the passengers in? How popular is the simulator? Can the passengers hold on to the over the should harness? Can the passengers hold hands while the simulator is in motion? On the roller coaster setting of the simulator, can the passengers set the intensity, or is it set at a certain intensity? Is the flight simulator or roller coaster mode more popular? How much of my body will move that is inside the restraints? Do you enjoy the flight simulator or roller coaster more? How do you operate the joysticks? Should my head be against the seat or is it free to move? Should I try to keep my legs on the ground or are they free to move? How many forces are on my body during the ride? How intense are the forces on the body? If you could answer my questions I would be very happy. Thanks, Blackhole6670.

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